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The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education

The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education | school improvement process | Scoop.it

"I was speaking (tweeting) with Mark Barnes tonight, and he mentioned the idea of challenging existing forms and practices. And then someone tweeted the above image–a quote attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, according to the image source globalnerdy.com–and I was happy and favorited and saved and blogged.

The most dangerous phrase in the language is “we’ve always done it this way.” Which applies to education, too."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 19, 6:15 PM

How many times have you heard the phrase "We've always done it that way" but you are aware that the way it was done is not working? What if this year you choose to try new ways, such as project-based learning, or allowing students to help write rubrics. Take a few minutes as we enter this new year and decide what you might like to do differently. Make sure to collect the data, but be creative and push the envelope. Miracles may happen!

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What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School?

What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School? | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Setting aside the two predominant narratives of education, there's a third vision taking shape that's yet to be defined. What would a reimagined education system value and teach?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 21, 2:43 PM

As we move closer to the implementation of Common Core testing in many states we might consider discussing what a "reimagined education system" would value and teach? Would it be Common Core curriculum or would it address other issues, such as the need to:
* Be student centered

* Be inquiry based

* Provide authentic learning experiences

* Teach students how to manage information (as more and more comes online daily)

* Teach students how to learn

This list could continue. The post addresses the issues listed above (and additional ones as well). In many ways we are at a crossroads in education and this post explores some of the issues. How would the teachers at your school feel about these issues? Is this a discussion that has taken place? Does it need to take place? Each of us may come to different conclusions but the conversation is worth having.